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Top 5 Athletes who changed their Sport forever

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  1. CodeBreaker What belt?

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    Who makes it to your list?

    I got:
    Muhammad Ali
    Michael Jordan
    Tiger Woods
    Usain Bolt
    Conor McGregor
     
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  2. Rygu R.I.P. Obie Platinum Member

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    Gretzky
    Chamberlain
    Woods
    Pele
    Baugh
     
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    Ayrton Senna
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  4. THE MARTIAN MCGA

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    What did Wilt do ?
     
  5. Fluffernutter Gold Belt

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    Dick Fosbury
     
  6. Rygu R.I.P. Obie Platinum Member

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    First dominant big man in the NBA, which led the way for the rest of them.
     
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    Nadia Comaneci - first 10 in olympic gymnastics

    George Parratt - first forward pass in football.

    James Corbett - first pure boxer heavyweight champ

    Jimmy Connors - first tennis pro to regularly use a metal racket.

    Dan Gable - "Iowa style" was used to define the success of the sport for decades.
     
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  8. THE MARTIAN MCGA

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    Not sure how being the first dominant big man in a league made for big men helped him change the game. Someone like Steph Curry has done more to change the game than a tall guy playing in the 50s
     
  9. Rygu R.I.P. Obie Platinum Member

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    He changed the game by being good at 3 pointers?
     
  10. THE MARTIAN MCGA

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    The entire game has changed to an analytics based 3 point game. I see why you usually avoid any threads about hoops
     
  11. Rygu R.I.P. Obie Platinum Member

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    Yes I am fully aware of that, but he wasn't the first player to be exceptionally good at 3 pointers. The game has changed but he wasn't the sole reason.
     
  12. Grappling_With_My_Gnomies Rag & Bone Rugged Belt Platinum Member

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  14. wlu.29 Red Belt

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    he wasn't the first tho

    george mikan would have been
     
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    Wes Sims should be on everyone's list.
     
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  16. TeTe yeah, she squats Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    And yet people call Zion a generational talent. Talk about one dimensional.
     
  17. TeTe yeah, she squats Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Now here's a good list
     
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    Didnt they change rules because of Wilt?
     
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    You always head the 3 second rule being added because of Wilt but apparently thats not the case.

    https://fadeawayworld.net/2020/07/01/5-rules-that-were-changed-because-of-wilt-chamberlain/

    "Chamberlain not only set a lot of records but also made big plays and had impressive stats during his career. He was responsible for changing the game of basketball. The NBA and NCAA actually changed the rules to make it harder for Wilt. Thanks to Chamberlain, the league changed five rules:"

    • Offensive Goaltending
    • Defensive Goaltending
    • Size of the lane/paint
    • Free throw shooting
    • Inbounding the Ball
     
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